The Kaduna State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service has repatriated 1,224 illegal immigrants in the last six months, the state Controller Alhaji Yarima Hamman said in interview on Thursday. He stressed that this is higher than the number of illegal immigrants repatriated throughout the whole 2012, which was 1,140.
Mr Hamman explained that the arrests and repatriation followed “mop up operations by the command against illegal immigrants across the state”. He added that most of those arrested were residing in Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Zaria, Sabon Gari, Makarfi, Chikun and Kachia Local Government Areas.
Controller said that most of the illegal immigrants were from Niger Republic and had entered Nigeria without valid documents, and disclosed that a great number of these immigrants were engaged in menial jobs, including security guards in residences, dry cleaning and other services to earn a living.
He went on to say that 20 new set of illegal immigrants have been arrested at Maigatari, in Kachia local government on Thursday and were being screened to determine their residency status. Mr Hamman claimed that that those found to have entered the country illegally would be immediately repatriated.