6th July, 2012
By Kazeem Ugbodaga
At least 191 illegal aliens have been handed over to the Lagos State Command of the Nigerian Immigration Service for deportation to their various countries in the wake of growing insecurity in the country.
Security operatives had raided various places in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria and arrested hundreds of suspected criminals and terrorists, which included 191 illegal aliens.
A statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor of Lagos State on Media, Mr. Hakeem Bello said no less than 191 illegal aliens have been arrested in Lagos and handed over to the State Command of the Nigerian Immigration Service as security agencies step up the hunt for criminals and other miscreants in the state.
The number is part of the hundreds of loafers and people of questionable character so far rounded up in the ongoing raid across the state by security agencies to secure the State and make it safe for law-abiding citizens and visitors.
Commissioner of Police, Mr. Umar Abubakar Manko, at the end of the State Security Council meeting in Marina on Wednesday said the illegal aliens were fished out from the hundreds of suspected criminals so far arrested by security agents in the ongoing raid across the state, adding that profiling is still ongoing to identify the others.
Manko, who said the raid was being carried out by a combined team of all the security agencies in the state, stated that “we had so many people arrested and we are still profiling them. Already, we have been able to identify about 191 illegal aliens that have been handed over to Immigration Service.”
He promised to continue to brief newsmen on the progress made as the exercise gathers momentum in the coming weeks, while urging all Lagosians to be vigilant and report any strange faces or objects in their neighbourhood to the security agencies.
He pointed out that it is important for every Lagosian to know his or her neighbours in their community in order to be able to identify those who are strangers.
Governor Babatunde Fashola had at the meeting enjoined Lagosians to watch out for strange faces in their environment and report to security operatives in a bid to curb insecurity in the wake of Boko Haram menace.