The Cross River Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service is set to deport 16 illegal immigrants. Besides, the Command had arrested a final year student of the College of Education Akamkpa for alleged armed robbery.
The monitoring and surveillance team of the service arrested the illegal immigrants during routine raids in the state capital. Breakdown of those arrested showed that Mali led the pack with seven persons, Burkina Faso Republic followed with five, Cameroon had three while Guinea and Russia had one each.
Briefing newsmen in Calabar, the state Comptroller of Immigration, Mr. Samuel Ogwiji Igoche, a lawyer, said the monitoring and surveillance team was set up to clamp down on illegal immigrants in the state.
Ogwuiji said: “The team carried out a raid in the state capital and arrested the illegal immigrants who were mainly from Republic of Mali and other neighbouring countries. He lamented the influx of illegal aliens, saying they often times constituted security risk.
He said about four persons suspected to be armed robbers were sighted by his men during the raid in an uncompleted building near Atekong Drive Street, Calabar at early hours of last Wednesday, saying three escaped while one was arrested. The comptroller said the suspected armed robber would soon be handed over to the police for prosecution while plans were on to repatriate the illegal immigrants to their respective countries.
In an interview, the armed robbery suspect, a final year student of the department of Mathematics from Etung Local Government Area of the state, said his friend invited him for a club outing in Calabar and that he never knew what he was into before the security agencies picked him up. The suspect, who said his name was Tamgban Takon, gave the name of his friend as Fabulous from Ebonyi State. He said was the only son of his parents.