Anti terror 271 illegal aliens set for deportation to curb Boko Haram Insurgencies
In order to prevent Boko Haram from attacking Lagos, the Lagos State Police Command has handed over 271 illegal foreigners to the authorities of the Nigeria Immigration Service for deportation, while another 146 aliens are being screened, awaiting the same fate.
The illegal aliens were arrested from different parts of Lagos, southwest Nigeria. They are seen as security threat as they have no particular abode in the state.
Those handed over to Immigration for deportation are mainly from Niger Republic, Chad, Mali, among others.
Statistics obtained by P.M.NEWS from the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit, where those arrested by the police command were being kept showed that within 12 days, 171 illegal aliens were handed over to immigration for deportation.
On 25 March, 2013, 55 illegal aliens were handed over to Immigration for deportation while on 27 of the same month, 102 illegal aliens were handed over for deportation.
Similarly, on 2 April, 2013, the police handed over 14 illegal aliens to Immigration for deportation, while on 5 April, another 100 illegal aliens were handed over to immigration for deportation.
Another 146 aliens arrested last week by the police were being screened by the taskforce, while those found to have entered the country illegally would be handed over to immigration for deportation.
A police source, who craved anonymity, told our reporter that the exercise would continue, as the police would ensure that illegal aliens did not constitute security threat in Lagos.
Since March, when suspected members of Boko Haram were arrested at an abandoned building in Lagos, the combined team of the police and military has launched massive arrest of illegal aliens across the state.
Last week, over 250 illegal aliens were arrested by the police in Lagos. The State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, said the exercise would be sustained.