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How Immigration Officers Arrange Marriages For Chinese, Egyptians To Obtain Resident Permits in Nigeria And Evade Tax

Nigerian immigration officers are arranging “fake” marriages for Chinese and Egyptians to acquire resident permits in Nigeria to keep away from paying taxes, the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, has revealed.

He warned Nigerians in opposition to contracting faux marriages with foreigners.

Babandede, who handed the warning at a briefing with journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, mentioned doing so constituted a punishable offence as a result of it disadvantaged the federal authorities of anticipated income from tax and cost for resident permits.

According to him, the warning grew to become needed as a result of the service observed that in 2020, the variety of foreigners who obtained resident permits in Nigeria had tripled in quantity.

Babandede disclosed that the NIS arrested a Chinese and several other Egyptians who used faux marriages to safe resident permits, the News Agency of Nigeria reviews.

“Last yr, if you happen to take a look at our annual report, we observed a rise in individuals who obtained resident permits due to marriage, which suggests the potential of faux marriages to keep away from cost for resident permits and tax is there.

“We are going to be very serious in investigating that and we have already started,” mentioned Babandede.

He added, “I’m glad to say that for the time being, now we have a Chinese citizen whom now we have arrested, who offered himself as a visa agent.

“We have additionally arrested many Egyptians who’ve organized marriages with compromised officers, who’re additionally going through disciplinary actions.

“So, faux marriage will probably be totally investigated and we may have a specific unit to research marriages, and we are going to know how one can do it.

“So, we want Nigerians, both male and female, to avoid contractual marriages because it is an offence under the act and an attempt to deny paying revenue to the government.”

The NIS boss acknowledged that renewals of resident permits should be accompanied by proof of tax cost.

He added that the service is collaborating with the Federal Inland Revenue Service to make sure that non-resident migrants and individuals staying for lower than 183 days and incomes earnings in Nigeria pay their taxes.

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