The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro has said efforts by the government to rid the country of aliens have led to repatriation of no less than 22,000 illegal immigrants to Niger, Chad, and Cameroon.
Abba Moro made this assertion while fielding questions from newsmen on Friday in Kano. He said the measure was taken following discovery that some of the activities of insurgents were master-minded by some illegal immigrants.
According to Moro, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) had taken stringent measures to check the ugly trend, adding that anyone found without relevant document would be repatriated.
‘’Just yesterday, 18 of such aliens were repatriated from Bauchi State. The only alternative for us is repatriating them since they cannot regularise their stay,” he said.
Moro also added that to curb further re-occurence, the Federal Government was in the process of acquiring appropriate technologies, which would be deployed for surveillance at the borders.
“The ministry has, in collaboration with the National Boundary Commission, establish legally recognised routes in the country. We are also in the process of acquiring new operational patrol vehicles to enhance security at the various borders.”
‘’We believe that a combination of electronic surveillance and human component, will secure the borders, we have identified 84 of such legal routes and deployed many personnel, especially in the northern planks, where insurgency has become rampant and the tendency to move across the borders is high ” he said.