Abuja– Nigeria deported more than 500 illegal immigrants to neighbouring Niger during the last few days.
Immigration officials said the move was part of the efforts of the federal government to restore peace in the some parts of the north, which in recent weeks have felt the brunt of the insurgency blamed on Boko Haram.
The illegal immigrants were repatriated from the Kano and Katsina States.
The Katsina State Controller, Alhaji Bulama, said 350 Nigeriens (Niger nationals) had been repatriated and the service would continue to send them back to their country if they were found living in Nigeria without valid documents.
“We embarked on the special raid in line with our determination to rid Katsina State of illegal immigrants and the exercise continues,” he said.
In Kano, the Controller of Immigration, Maishanu said 150 Nigeriens had been repatriated to their country.
Maishanu said the exercise, which would be continued in line with the new leadership of the service under David Parradang, would help fight crime in the state.
“We will take the photographs and biometric data of all those arrested so that we can identify them when they return into the country.
The porous border separating the two countries has been blamed for the incessant entrance into Nigeria by Nigerien nationals.
– CAJ News