From Paul Obiajunwo, PortHarcourt
The Nigerian Immigration Service, Rivers State Command has said 106 illegal immigrants already screened will soon be repatriated back to their various countries.
The Comptroller, Rivers State Command Nigerian Immigration Service, Mr. Mike Longe, stated thiThin Tuesday at the ongoing screeningexercise taking place at the Command Headquarters, Aba Road, Port Harcourt.
The comptroller noted that the exercise became necessary following the change in the immigration leadership and the effort to tackle security challenges in the country.
Longe said:“There is a change in the leadership of immigration high command who has just been appointed and in his desire to put thing right, he has directed that we should monitor, arrest and repatriate illegal immigrants.
“Based on his directive we started the arrest of illegal immigrants, we are screening them and those who do not have the requisite paper to stay in the country will be repatriated back to their various countries. Though we don’t know how many we will be repatriated after the screening but 106 illegal immigrants already screened will soon be repatriated.
“The 106 illegal immigrants were people from Gabonian, Ghanaian, Cameroonian Niger republic, we applied the process of arrest and later screened them and those find worthy will stay, while the rest who could not have the requisite document will go.”
The comptroller said they are careful in the issue of security and added that the exercise would assist in tackling Nigerian security challenges.
“Evidence are there that most of these atrocities are committed by foreigners I am confidence this exercise will reduce our
security challenges,” Longe added.
“We have officers who speak different languages, they have been assisting the command with the cooperation of community leaders of various countries to identify the illegal immigrants, though logistics has been our major problem but we are committed to restore the security situation of the country,” he added.