Nigeria repatriates 50 illegal migrants in Ogun


The Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service said it has repatriated 50 illegal immigrants arrested during a raid at Odeda Local Government Area of the state.

The Command Comptroller, Victoria Isang, disclosed this to journalists on Wednesday at the Command Headquarters in Abeokuta.

The illegal migrants -29 Beninoise, 10 Togolese and 11 Nigeriennes – were promptly repatriated to their countries of origin.

Ms. Isang attributed the success of the raid to the 24 hours surveillance placed by the command on the borders the state.

She added that due to the expansive nature of Ogun borders, the Command conducted regular raids on hideouts of illegal immigrants and those arrested were promptly repatriated to their countries.

The Command’s boss stated that foreigners were not allowed to take part in any aspect of the election, so if a foreigner is found with a Permanent Voters Card or the Nigeria National Identity Card, there will be consequences.

“Any illegal immigrant caught with the PVC or the National Identity Card would be severely dealt with in accordance with the law.
“The Command is also committed to partnering with other security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission in ensuring a peaceful and credible general election,” she said.

The Comptroller assured that the command is committed to carrying out the mandate of the Comptroller General of NIS, David Paradang, which is that all illegal immigrants be eased out of the country.

“I want to remind the general public that the Nigeria Immigration Service, Ogun Command, remains committed to ensuring that the state is rid of all categories of illegal immigrants,” Ms. Isang said.

She, however, called for the support of traditional rulers, community and religious leaders, trade associations, employers of labour and the members of the press.

“I believe that together, Ogun state and indeed Nigeria can be a safer place for us all,” she said.


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  • Ibraheem Aruna

    What the Immigration department ought to have done was to tell these deportees to go back and get the relevant ECOWAS protocol documentation. I hope the department is not unaware that Nigeria is a signatory to ECOWAS protocols which encourages unhindered free movement in the sub region.