Nigeria wants to repatriate illegal immigrants.
The Kano State Command of Nigeria Immigration Service on Saturday arrested more than 400 suspected illegal immigrants in Kano metropolis.
The Controller of Immigration in the state, Hamisu Maishanu, told journalists at a briefing in Kano that all those arrested would be screened and those without relevant documents would be repatriated to their countries.
He said the exercise would continue to ensure that all illegal immigrants were flushed out of the country.
“This is a mop up exercise of illegal immigrants to complement what the Federal Government is doing in the states currently under emergency rule.
‘’We will take the photographs and biometric data of all those arrested so that we can identify them if they return into the country again,’’ he said.
Mr. Maishanu said, however, that any repatriated person, who returned without proper documents, would be arrested and prosecuted. He said the exercise would be extended to the 44 local government areas of the state.
He advised the people not to panic on seeing security men on patrol as the exercise was meant to ensure security of lives and property.