Thursday, May 23, 2024

160 illegal immigrants repatriated

One hundred and sixty illegal immigrants who entered Nigeria without valid documents have been repatriated, the acting coordinator of Border Drill Operation Sector 3, Comptroller Garba Mohammed said.

Mohammed said that the joint task force which covers Benue, Kogi, Kwara and Niger state of North Central Nigeria was set up to tackle security and economic challenges, including cattle rustling, kidnapping, child trafficking, illegal migration, and smuggling.

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“It is also to ensure that the neighbouring countries respect the agreements and protocols signed with Nigeria,” he said.

The acting coordinator explained that Nigeria signed three agreements; first is with the World Trade Organisation, second with ECOWAS trade and third, African Continental trade.

He said that the security situation of the country was taking a very dangerous proportion in terms of terrorism and banditry, which had destroyed many communities, but the joint task force has drastically reduced the atrocities.

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Mohammed said that the border closure has influenced the decision of the Nigeria Immigration Service, and they made a record in which all the foreigners in Nigeria are now registered.

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