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NIS repatriates 57 Malians, arrest scores

By Evelyn Usman

LAGOS—Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, Lagos Command, yesterday, said that it had repatriated 57 nationals from Republic of Niger, who were arrested during random raids of suspected terrorists’ hideouts.

This is just as it had launch a manhunt for illegal immigrants across the country with a call on aliens without the right documents to do what was right in their interest.

Some of the arrested illegal immigrant have attributed their easy passage into the country to security lapses at the Seme and Kamba borders.

The aliens were among the 92 illegal immigrants arrested during a joint operation of the Lagos State Police Command and Lagos State Task Force on Environmental Offenses, weekend, from various parts of the state and, thereafter, handed over to the Immigration Service, Monday.

While parading them before newsmen, Comptroller of Immigration in-charge of the command, Mr. Rasheed Odupeyin, said no weapon was found on them. He could, however, not state whether they were members of any terrorists group.

He disclosed that out of the number of suspects handed over to the command, 18 were Malians, while 17 are Nigeriens, who claimed to be from Kano State.

He said: “We normally look out for documents that permits a foreigner to remain in Nigeria. But we discovered that most of them were not registered, that is why we call them irregular immigrants.

“If they had gained access into the country and regularised their stay, we would not have problem with them”

‘I’ll come back to Nigeria’

One of the immigrants, a Nigerien who gave his name as Ismailia Amodu, said: “I came in through Kebbi State. I came on my own. I always pass through there because no one will stop you.

“I sell borehole water to people. I live in Surulere. I do not have passport. I will still find my way back when they throw me out. I am not a Boko Haram member, I am even afraid of them.”

Other Nigerians among them claimed they were from Takai in Kano State.


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