Edo Command of NIS Repatriates 450 Illegal Immigrants

The Edo State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has said no fewer than 450 illegal immigrants have been arrested and repatriated from Edo State in the first quarter of the year,
The State Comptroller of NIS, David Adi, made the disclosure on Tuesday at the presentation of a refurbished Hilux van by management of Okomu Oil Company in Benin.
He described the repatriated foreigners as irregular immigrants “because they had no regular travel documents and credible means of livelihood, hence, constituted security risk for our country.”
According to the Comptroller, the repatriated illegal immigrants were majorly from Niger Republic, Mali and Ghana.
Adi who disclosed that the success of the raid could be attributable to logistic support from companies like Okomu Oil Company, noted that such partnership had helped the Command achieve its statutory duties.
“We are really grateful for such support. The company had sunk a borehole at our out post station at Iguobazuwa, in Ovia South West local government area of Edo State.
“The Command additionally requested for the company’s assistance in the refurbishment of the van and the Managing Director agreed. We appreciate this long-standing relationship [between] the company and the Command.
“I will definitely pass on this gesture to the Comptroller-General and hope other stakeholders will emulate this good deal,” he said.
Earlier, the Managing Director of Okomu Oil Company, Graham Heifer, said the gesture was management’s way of fulfilling part of its corporate social responsibility to NIS, to enhance its operational efficiency.
Heifer said the “Immigration Service has always assisted us in the area of educating our expatriates to ensure that they do the right things with regard to Immigration Laws.According to him, “We have 15 expatriates from countries such as South Africa, Kenya and America in our company. We ensured they came into the country following approved protocol.
“It is our obligation as part of our corporate social responsibility to assist Immigration Service to enhance its operational efficiency. Our company hopes that this refurbished van will improve the Immigration Service’s operational efficiency,” Heifer said.

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