Edo Deports 36 Illegal Immigrants

Illegal Immigrants

FILE PHOTO: Illegal Immigrants

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FILE PHOTO: Illegal Immigrants
FILE PHOTO: Illegal Immigrants

Thirty-six illegal immigrants were yesterday deported by operatives of Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS), Edo state Command.

Comptroller of Immigration in the state, Alana Olusegun, who supervised the screening exercise for the deportation of the illegal immigrants immigrants, said they were deported with a view to preventing them from participating in the postponed general elections.

Olusegun‎ disclosed that the mop up was to ensure that non-Nigerians did not participate in the electoral process, adding that, officials of the command have been placed on red alert across the state to stop immigrants from voting during elections.

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Those deported were screened out of about 300 immigrants arrested by the command during a mop up exercise.

Some of the deportees alleged that they were given fake papers to enter the country.

Those who showed genuine documents were allowed to go but were warned against obtaining the Permanent Voters Card or used as political thugs.

P.M. NEWS reports that about 40 illegal immigrants were deported from the state in November last year.