Friday, 7 March 2014
Immigration arrests 251 illegal immigrants
The Benue Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service said on Thursday it arrested 251 suspected illegal aliens in Makurdi.
The controller, Mr Thomas Bagobiri, said the service was determined to fish out illegal immigrants in the state.
"We are aware of the state of insecurity in the country and the state; we would not allow foreigners to disturb the peace and unity of our citizens.
"We are going to interrogate them to establish their nationality; if they are foreigners and have resident permits."
Bagobiri said after the investigation, those found guilty would be deported to their respective countries.
He said although one is legally permitted to live in Nigeria, if his activities are against the laws of the land he would be handed over to the police for prosecution.
He said that the service would investigate the landlords and hosts of the suspects, adding that those found wanting would be punished.
Bagobiri appealed to Nigerians, especially residents of the state to go about their normal activities and to report any suspicious persons to the service for investigation.
"As Nigerians, love your country and do not harbour illegal people in your homes. Report them for the law to take its course," he said, adding that failure to do so would attract sanctions.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the suspects were arrested while in possession of machetes, axes, charms, live ammunition and other dangerous weapons.
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