A police officer stands guard outside a foreign-owned shop in Diepsloot, after a mob looted stores overnight amid simmering anger at immigrants. (Picture: AFP)
Minna - The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) said on Sunday in Minna, that it repatriated 201 illegal immigrants in Niger from February to March.
Ezekiel Kaura, the Comptroller of Immigration in the state, stated this when he addressed newsmen.
According to him, the repatriation will assist the government to flush out potential trouble makers in the state.
"We are doing some mop up of illegal immigrants in the state because of the elections that is about to take place.
"There is need to get rid of these illegal ones in our midst so that they do not become ready for some persons who may use them to cause havoc during and after the elections.
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He said the command deported 107 illegal immigrants in February, adding that another batch of 65 non-Nigerians were apprehended in March, bringing the number to 172.
"We are expecting another 29 illegal immigrants from Kotangora area of the state. So, at the end of the day, we have 201.”
Kaura said that NIS would continue to get rid of illegal immigrants in the country in line with the policy of the Federal Government.