Alhaji Aminu Abdulkarim, Comptroller of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), in charge of Niger command on Saturday said the command had deported nine Nigeriens.
He told journalists in Minna that the illegal immigrants were arrested on Sept. 11, in Minna without valid residence permits.
“We arrested nine Nigeriens on Sept. 11, 2012; right now they are on their way back to their country.
“They constitute nuisance to members of the public because they do not have any source of livelihood.”
Abdulkarim said that the immigrants claimed to be water vendors, adding, “they are not; they only use selling of water as a cover up.”
The Comptroller said that investigations revealed that they entered the country through Zango-Daura in Katsina state.
He said that the exercise of checking illegal immigrants was a continuous one and called on the state government to support the command financially.
The command had deported 400 illegal immigrants mainly Nigeriens, and some Ghanaians and Beninoise from the state between January and September, 2012. (NAN)