Nigerian officials arrest 200 irregular immigrants in Lagos

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The arrests were made to prevent terrorists from attacking the state.

The Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, Lagos State Command, on Friday said that it arrested more than 200 suspected irregular immigrants in a week.

The Comptroller of Immigration in charge of the command, Julius Ogbu, gave the figure while briefing journalists in Lagos.

He described as unfounded, the rumour that the arrest focused on northern Nigerians resident in the state.

The NIS and other security agencies including the police had, in separate operations last week, made some arrests in a bid to prevent terrorists from attacking the state.

Mr. Ogbu said that the suspects would be screened at the NIS detention centre to ascertain their nationalities, check their travel documents and purposes of visit, before deciding their fate.
The immigration chief said that the arrest was done randomly without knowing the actual identity of those involved.

According to him, about 110 suspected irregular immigrants had earlier been deported to their various countries mostly within the West Coast.

He said that the NIS notified embassies before embarking on the operation to enable them inform their nationals who had not regularised to go back to their countries to do so.

Mr. Ogbu did not say any of the suspects was arrested with a weapon.



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  • redeem

    99.9 percent of the fighters in boko haram–are from the west african sub-region–real natives from the north do not travel very much–those who do and found in the south are not nigerians–never–they hail from Niger Republic-

    • sirjoka

      Yes, but shouldn’t the government save us all the wahala by rolling out ID card centres all over the country, where you will go with your papers, get your picture and biometrics enrolled and walk out with the ID card immediately.
      There’s no form of National ID in Nigeria and the lay man that doesn’t go to school or drives a car is an alien to the system since he has no proof of identity.
      Also, the government should make it mandatory for any parent that gives birth to enrol the child within 3weeks or else his child wont be able to access free medical services up to age 9 or free education up to secondary. Its an incentive and before you know it, in 10yrs every body will be on the system right from birth.

  • Thevoice

    Is it only 200 of them they could find? Alaba market is full of them. They are called Ibo people. They have all come back after the last deportation attempt by Fashola.

  • Thecreed

    We must not fail to take measures that will ensure security of lives and properties in every part of the country without prejudice, fear or favour. Kudos to the security team.