Im­mi­gra­tion ar­rests 107 il­le­gal im­mi­grants in Borno

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ya­haya Ibrahim, Maiduguri

The Nigeria Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vice in Borno State has ar­rested 107 il­le­gal im­mi­grants who came into the coun­try with­out valid travel pa­pers.

Comp­trol­ler of the ser­vice in the state, Modu Musa, who dis­closed this in Maiduguri while parad­ing the im­mi­grants be­fore news­men, said they were ar­rested dur­ing an ex­er­cise last week. Musa added that the ar­rested im­mi­grants are na­tion­als of Chad and Niger.

He noted that the comp­trol­ler gen­eral of the ser­vice is com­mit­ted to mak­ing the borders more se­cure, adding that, that was why the state com­mand was pro­vided with pa­trol ve­hi­cles.

“This has re-po­si­tioned our staff who have been de­ployed to strate­gic lo­ca­tions at var­i­ous units across the state to carry out our rou­tine job of man­ning il­le­gal routes,” he said.

He ad­vised the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries to strictly ad­here to en­try con­di­tion by en­sur­ing that cit­i­zens of their coun­tries wish­ing to visit Nigeria posses valid travel documents.

He also called on tra­di­tional rulers of bor­der com­mu­ni­ties to as­sist im­mi­gra­tion per­son­nel in ex­pos­ing il­le­gal im­mi­grants who pass through their vil­lages and towns. Among those ar­rested were12 women, who were picked up at il­le­gal routes be­tween Borno and Chad, while a few of them were ar­rested in parts of Maiduguri me­trop­o­lis.

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