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59 illegal immigrants arrested in Akwa Ibom


Comptroller-General of Immigration, David Shikfu Parradang

Comptroller-General of Immigration, David Shikfu Parradang

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Akwa Ibom Command, on Sunday that it had in its custody, 59 irregular migrants arrested in the state.

The Comptroller of Immigration in the state, Mr Garba Abdullahi, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Uyo.

Abdullahi said the migrants were intercepted by officers of the Police Command in Akwa Ibom and handed over to the NIS.

He said that the aliens were nationals of Burkina Faso, Benin Republic, Republic of Togo and Cote d’Ivoire.

The comptroller said that they entered the country through the Lagos-Benin Republic border with the help of a Nigerian woman resident in Benin Republic, simply identified as Madam Theresa.

“Our investigation revealed that the woman collected huge sums of money to facilitate their movement to their destination, Gabon, via Oron in Akwa Ibom.

“Akwa Ibom is more of a transit point; the state has the longest coastline in West Africa and these people come in through unmanned jetties,” Abdullahi said.

He commended the police and other sister agencies for assisting the service in controlling the influx of unauthorised aliens in the state.

The comptroller also urged Akwa Ibom residents to always give to the command useful information concerning the movement of suspected foreigners in the state.

NAN recalls that in 2014, more than 630 irregular immigrants were repatriated from the state.

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  • barney23

    This is sad. They are Africans, like Nigerians. Nigeria has thousands of its people elsewhere on the continent, say in South Africa; not all of them are there legally. And, anyway, those people were eventually going to go back to their countries. We should get over these colonialist notions of borders.

    • Ralf

      And like u said, yes, Nigerians lives in other countries legally n illegally too…Bt u forget, tht u also read in d media tht large numbers of Nigerians are bn deported frm their host countries too…Europe, Africa, USA, Australia, Canada….Or did u just wokeup??..Go to MMA Lagos n Abuja u will see it korokoro after washing your face wit water ok..

  • Ralf

    They must b checked, if they dnt hv valid Nigerian visas n residency documents…They must b deported bck to their countries of origin asap…Anytime, u see pple frm Bukina faso, Chad etc,up northern border countries especially, in d Southern Nigeria. ..Plez b at alert…They dnt like u, we are considered as Infidels”..They love our money n hospitality bt hate us wit passion. ..They can kill at will, life doesn’t mean jack to them as long as its in line wit their devlish koran…Just b at Alert brothers n sisters in Southern Nigeria…