Information emerging from the Federal Government has revealed that at least 1,497 illegal border points discovered. This was disclosed by the Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro who made it known while speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Friday,
The minister also added that a total of 16, 000 aliens have so far been repatriated in the wake of the exercise. Moro, who regretted that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) protocol that allows free movement of citizens within the ECOWAS sub region has been abused, said the Nigeria government was forced to take the decision when it became obvious that foreign mercenaries were aiding insurgency in the country.
According to him, “Our major challenge, like I said, is the presence of aliens in this country. As friendly as we are, and as sticklers to agreement, particularly the ECOWAS protocol that allows free movement of citizens in ECOWAS countries, the suicide bombings, bombers and attacks on our institutions make it imperative that certain measures would be taken to be proactive enough to forestall the continued occurrence of these activities.
“So, in the process, the Nigerian Immigration Service that is charged with the responsibility of controlling our borders rose up to the occasion by setting up the necessary machinery to identify, screen and profile aliens that are in the country with a view to identifying those that are criminally minded and whose activities are inimical to the stability of this country. In the process, over 16, 000 such aliens have been repatriated,” he said.