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75 illegal immigrants arrested in Abia

By Anayo Okoli

UMUAHIA— ABIA State Command of Nigeria Immigration Service has paraded 75 aliens, mainly from Niger Republic, arrested in parts of the state, saying they would be deported to their country.

They include 70 males and five females.

Among them were a 30-year old herbalist, Jau Marusa, his wife and their little baby girl.

Jau Marusa, who hawks herbal medicines, admitted that he came into Nigeria without the relevant documents because he did not have money to procure them.

He said that it is his love for Nigeria that made him to come, pointing out that Nigeria is a fertile ground for his kind of business.

Parading the immigrants, Abia State Controller of Immigration, Antonia Opara said that her command carried out a mop-up exercise in Aba and Umuahia areas, where they were rounded up.

According to her, “before they were brought here, we made sure that all of them were from Niger. There were some of them who had valid documents; we asked them to go and continue their jobs here.”


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