FG Deports 769 illegal Migrants from Cross River

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(Last Updated On: 2016-12-17)

Olumide Lawal


The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Cross River Command has disclosed that it had repatriated 769 migrants who gained entry into the state without valid travel documents in 2106.

The state Comptroller of NIS, Funke Adeuyi, who hinted on the development while speaking with newsmen in Calabar, explained that the illegal immigrants were arrested at different border posts across the state and brought to the command’s headquarters in Calabar.

According to her, the command did a thorough profiling of the immigrants and found out that some of them did not have valid documents needed to enter Nigeria.

She said, “From January, 2016, till date, we have repatriated 769 illegal immigrants who came into Nigeria without valid travel documents.

“Also during the year under review, about 39 immigrants were refused entry into Nigeria based on lack of valid travel documents and other related reasons.

“We will continue to police the borders with a view to curbing illegal migration, child theft and trafficking, and other heinous crimes. On a sad note, we have lost five of our officers this year,’’ she said.

The comptroller attributed success of the command to sustained efforts of Comptroller-General of Customs, Mohammed Babandede.

She said Babandede had continued to empower service with enabling tools to fight human trafficking, child labour and illegal migration.

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