By Henry Umoru
*Niger has highest number of 1,000
ABUJA—WORRIED by the activities of members of Boko Haram, the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, yesterday, said it had repatriated over 2,000 illegal immigrants to four neighbouring countries.
It also blamed the nation’s porous borders for the increasing number of illegal aliens constituting serious security threat.
Addressing journalists in Abuja, Secretary, Social Development Secretariat of the FCTA, Mrs. Blessing Onuh, disclosed that the repatriation was carried out in collaboration with Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, Police and Deparment of State Services, DSS.
He said the countries included Niger, Togo, Ghana, Benin and Cameroon, with Niger having the highest number of immigrants of 1,000.
She said: “1000 of the 2000 illegal immigrants were from Niger Republic, while others came from Togo, Cameroon and Benin Republic. I can say that more than 1,000 of over 2000 illegal immigrants repatriated were from Niger.”
She also disclosed that the administration had concluded arrangements to start the development of a permanent site for National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, at Abaji.
Onuh, who stated that the present administration inherited 500 lepers resettled at Alheri beggars colony at Yangoji, said the number currently stood at 1014 people.
She added that the social development secretariat stopped paying the N7,000 stipends introduced for beggars by former Minister of FCTA, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, because of corruption.
“We used to pay them some stipends but corruption got in as they started calling their brothers from all over Nigeria. We has to stop. Some were receiving N7,000 before, and the instructor N10,000.
”The beggars were made to understand that they could make more than the money given to them as most of them were given vocational training by the secretariat, while stressing the fact that they were used to collecting money from government, which made them to find it difficult to work and make money on their own.”
Onuh who expressed concern over the daily increase of commercial sex workers in the nation’s capital, pleaded with residents, especially the men to help curb the menace.