Parading the illegal immigrants at the Kaduna Immigration Command Headquarters shortly before their repatriation, the Kaduna Command Comptroller, Yerima Hamman Abdullahi disclosed that his men arrested the illegal immigrants when they combed Kaduna South Local Government Area of the state.
He said his men raided the area and the illegal immigrants were arrested in Kakuri, Barnawa, Tudun Wada and Tudun Nupawa areas of Kaduna South, adding that: “They were arrested for lack of valid documents to stay in Nigeria.”
According to the comptroller, 78 suspects were initially arrested, but upon screening, 35 of them were discovered to be Nigerians and were released immediately.
“As part of our commitment to weed out illegal immigrants, we carried out another round of raid and arrested 78 persons suspected to be illegal immigrants. “Upon interrogation, 35 of them were discovered to be Nigerians, while 43, including women were confirmed to be Nigeriens, who have come into the country without necessary documents and any means of identification.
“We are already preparing them for immediate repatriation to the Republic of Niger, where they all came from,” he said. Hamman again reiterated that there was the need for the borders to be properly manned with security operatives to reduce if not completely eliminate the rate of influx of illegal immigrants into the country, a situation he said was a security threat if allowed to continue unchecked.
“We are appealing to the Federal Government to allow the NIS to establish inter-land check points as a way forward to addressing the influx of illegal immigrants,” he appealed.
He, however, disclosed that over 900 illegal immigrants had been arrested and repatriated from January till date, just as he warned that should any illegal immigrants who, had been repatriated found again in Nigeria without valid documents, such illegal immigrant would be taken to the headquarters for prosecution