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145 illegal immigrants arrested in Oyo

24 June 2013, 13:06

Ibadan - James Esan, the Comptroller of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) in Oyo State, on Sunday said that 145 illegal immigrants had been apprehended in the state.

Esan, who made this known while speaking to journalists in Ibadan, said that the illegal immigrants would be repatriated immediately.

He said that the confirmed illegal immigrants were among 500 persons who were arrested in three local government areas of the state on Saturday during a raid.

He said that the local government areas were Egbeda, Ido and Akinyele.

Esan said that apart from the 145 illegal who would soon be repatriated, 30 other foreigners were screened, adding that it was found that they came into the country through recognised entry points.

He, however, said that the 30 immigrants would be duly registered before their release.

Esan, who led the raid, said that 350 persons, who were apprehended during the raid, had been set free after it was ascertained that they were actually Nigerians.

"If you come into our country without valid travel documents, if you come in through unapproved order or illegal routes; it means you are here for a cause which may be injurious to our security.

"I want to appeal to Nigerians to report anyone who does not have any form of registration with the immigration service,’’ he said.


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