Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service Mrs. Rose Uzoma yesterday disclosed that those involved in the Boko Haram insurgency were Nigerians contrary to insinuations that foreigners were behind the activities of the sect.
Speaking when she appeared before the House of Representatives joint Committee on Petroleum Upstream and Navy which is investigating the “unprecedented upsurge” in crude oil theft yesterday, Uzoma said no official confirmation has been made on the participation of foreigners in Boko Haram attacks.
“I’m not aware as of today, if any case of foreigner entering this country through the sea ports that have been proved to have been engaged in Boko Haram activities. Let me use this opportunity please to say this fact, it has become common place that whenever there is an attack, it is usually assumed that the people involved are foreigners,” she said while responding to question from the committee on the roles service is playing to stop influx of foreigners who have been linked to Boko Haram.
“The Nigerian Immigration Service is the only agency statutorily empowered to make public pronouncements on personality of persons. When people see dead bodies on the ground, they say they are illegal immigrants; any attack is attributed to illegal immigrants. I will like to inform you that we have come across on a very few cases of involvement of nationals of neighbouring countries in these incidents.
“There was a case of a report of 68 Chadians that were arrested who were supposedly involved in the bomb attack in Kano and I have to send my officers to interview the supposed Chadians. It turned out that there was no single Chadian amongst them rather we came across one Malian and a Ghanaian. Those two ECOWAS nationals did not have anything whatsoever to do with the bomb attack,” she said