Kaduna - The Nigerian Immigration Service, Kaduna State Command, yesterday, paraded 78 foreigners said to be illegally residing in the country.
They were arrested during a mop up operation across Kaduna-South Local Government Area.
Comptroller of Immigration in the state, Nuhu Apang Takum, said the operation was necessary in view of the insecurity challenges facing the country and the forthcoming elections.
He said their task was to filter non Nigerians and sniff out those illegally residing in the country.
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“No agency can afford to sleep now, because of the problems in the country and the forthcoming elections. We conducted this mop up operation in order to filter non Nigerians from Nigerians and to sniff out those of them staying illegally from those staying legally and contributing to the economic growth of the nation. This is the first leg of the operation and we have been able to arrest 78 people. They are from Niger, Senegal and Cameroon and are currently being profiled by our intelligence.
“Those with legal papers will be allowed to stay, while those without legal papers will be repatriated. Even those with legal and valid papers, who are found to constitute security threat will be shown the way out.”
The comptroller said Nigeria has not closed its boarders to non Nigerians, adding that those intending to come in must do so within the ambit of the law.
He commended the Comp-troller General of Immigration Service, David Paradang, for his support to the command and Kaduna State Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero for his cooperation.