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Nigeria deports 19 000 illegal immigrants

17 May 2013, 08:27Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Nigeria has deported more than 19 000 illegal immigrants following the increased deadly activities by the Boko Haram insurgents, a government minister confirmed.

Addressing journalists in Abuja on Thursday, Nigeria's minister of interior, Mr Patrick Abba Moro, said the government found it necessary to deport all illegal foreign nationals from areas where Boko Haram are most active.

He could not reveal the nationalities of the illegal immigrants deported.

"Over 19 000 illegal immigrants have been sent out of the country by the appropriate authority under the ministry of interior," Moro said.

He said there was no accurate data of the total number of illegal immigrants living in Nigeria due to the porous nature of the country’s borders compounded with wrong interpretation of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) travel policy.

Moro said Nigeria was being assisted by the United State Government with surveillance equipment to check the influx of illegal migrants along all the porous border posts.

He said deporting foreign nationals from neighbouring countries was one of the key measures being put in place to help curb the challenge of insecurity in the country.

- CAJ News


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