Cross River Immigration Command repatriates 730 migrants


By: VITALIS UGOH, Calabar.
The Nigerian Immigration Service, Cross River Command, said it has deported 730 illegal migrants between January to August this year.
Also, 39 others were refused entry into Nigeria during the period under review.
The Comptroller, Cross River Command, Mrs. Funke C.  Adewuyi disclosed this to newsmen in her office.
According to her, the deportees were ECOWAS nationals.
Adeuyi said that they were deported for committing various immigration offences, while the 39 others were refused entry for not having resident permits as well as not having passports.
She said these successes were recorded following the commitment of her officers and men in all their duty posts in the 18 local government area of the state.
Such areas include Mfom, Utangana, Abokim, Yala, Yahe and Ikang, respectively.
She said that the command had recorded low migrant related cases since the new administration came on board due to the change mantra policy.
The Command, she said, had organised series of sensitisation /awareness campaigns with transporters and communities on their roles in assisting the Nigerian Immigration Service to track illegal migrants within their mist.
So far, Adewuyi said “all the stakeholders are duly involved and this had helped in recording tremendous successes within this period. Our officers and men are well disciplined and have done creditably well”.
Adewuyi also said that her Command has had series of interface with the Cameroon/Equatorial Guinea Consults here in the state. “They have collaborated with us in educating their nationals from engaging in issues that are against immigration laws of the country. Our role is to educate and checkmate them at all times”.
On the alleged Job placement, she warned members of the public not to allow themselves to be duped fraudsters saying “There is no job placement for now and when it is advertised it will be free and based on merit”.
On the issuance of passport, she said that it can be obtained within 48 hours as directed by the Comptroller General.


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