The Comptroller, Cross River State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mrs Funke Adeuyi, says NIS has repatriated 769 illegal immigrants who gain entry into the state without valid travelling documents.
She said that the illegal immigrants, who were repatriated between January and December 2016, came into Nigeria without valid travelling documents.
Adeuyi told newsmen in Calabar on Friday that the illegal immigrants were arrested at different border posts and brought to the command’s headquarters in Calabar.
She explained that the command did a thorough profiling of the immigrants and found out that some of them did not have valid travelling documents needed to gain entrance into Nigeria.
The comptroller said that during the period under review, 39 immigrants were denied entry into Nigeria based on lack of valid travelling documents and other related reasons.
“Also during the year under review, about 39 immigrants were refused entry into Nigeria based on lack of valid travelling documents and other related reasons.
“We will continue to police the borders with a view to curb illegal migration, child theft and trafficking and other heinous crimes.
“On a sad note, we have lost five of our officers this year,” she said.
She attributed the success of the command to the sustained efforts of the Comptroller-General of NIS, Mohammed Babandede.
She said Babandede had continued to empower the service with the enabling tools to fight human trafficking, child labour and illegal migration in the country.
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