Lagosians warned to ‘stop harbouring’ illegal immigrants

The Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service has said it is against the law for residents of the state to harbour illegal immigrants in their homes, while urging them to desist from such act.

The warning was given on Sunday by the Comptroller, NIS, Lagos State, Clara Okojie, during the recent repatriation of 29 illegal immigrants from the state.

According to a statement by the state command’s spokesman, DSI Jide Ogungbe, the comptroller explained that many persons suspected to be illegal immigrants from Niger Republic were arrested during a raid at Lagos Island and its environs by a team of immigration officers.

The statement noted that after the arrest, a thorough investigation of the suspects was conducted.

“After profiling, 29 of them were found to be without any travel documents required by the Nigerian law and ECOWAS protocol,” the statement added.

Okojie was quoted to have said, “These 29 will be repatriated to the Niger Republic because the country does not have space for illegal immigrants. The Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service uses this opportunity to solicit the cooperation of the residents of the state in the area of valued information on irregular or illegal migrants living in their neighbourhood.

“We also want to remind all residents in the state that harbouring illegal immigrants is against the law.”

The state immigration boss said two Deputy Comptrollers of Immigration, Ahmed Hamzat and Saleh Abdullahi, would supervise the operation to ensure that those repatriated found their way out of the country and did not return.

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