Muhammad Babandede, The Comptroller-Common of the Nigeria Immigration Service, has revealed that Nigerian immigration officers are arranging “faux” marriages for Chinese language and Egyptians to acquire resident permits in Nigeria to keep away from paying taxes.
He warned Nigerians towards contracting faux marriages with foreigners.
Mr. Babandede, who handed the warning at a briefing with journalists in Abuja, on Wednesday, stated doing so represent a punishable offence as a result of it deprives the federal authorities of anticipated income from tax and cost for resident permits.
In line with him, the warning turned essential as a result of the service observed that in 2020, the variety of foreigners who received resident permits in Nigeria had tripled in quantity.
Mr. Babandede disclosed that the NIS arrested a Chinese language and several other Egyptians who used faux marriages to safe resident permits.
He stated,“Final 12 months, should you take a look at our annual report, we observed a rise in individuals who received resident permits, due to marriage, which suggests the opportunity of faux marriages to keep away from cost for resident permits and tax is there.
“We’re going to be very critical in investigating that and we’ve already began.”
He added, “I’m glad to say that for the time being, we’ve a Chinese language citizen whom we’ve arrested, who offered himself as a visa agent.
“We now have additionally arrested many Egyptians who’ve organized marriages with compromised officers, who’re additionally dealing with disciplinary actions.
“So, faux marriage will likely be totally investigated and we may have a particular unit to analyze marriages, and we are going to know do it.
“So, we would like Nigerians, each female and male, to keep away from contractual marriages, as a result of it’s an offence underneath the act, and an try and deny paying income to authorities.”
The NIS boss said that renewals of resident permits have to be accompanied by proof of tax cost, including that the service is collaborating with the Federal Inland Income Service to make sure that non-resident migrants and individuals staying for lower than 183 days within the nation and earn revenue in Nigeria pay their taxes.