The Nigeria Immigration Service announced that it has seized 436 voters card and 192 National Identity Cards slips from foreigners in Katsina State.
According to the State Command on Thursday 13th September 2018 these items were recovered in the second and third of the year. They also intercepted 10 suspected human traffickers with 162 victims rescued.
The State Comptroller of the NIS Joshua Ajisafe who stated this in Katsina said a total of 729 irregular migrants have been repatriated within this period.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr. Joshua Ajisafe was speaking at the inauguration if of NIS operational patrol base at Mazanya which is a border community in Jibiya Local Government Area of Katsina State.
He said that Katsina State hosts an estimated 203-kilometer borderline with the Niger Republic making it a major illegal trans-border migration route into the country.
This according to him explains why it is the most populous state command of the Nigeria Immigration Service in terms of manpower with 1,035 officers stationed there.
“The Command was able to curtail the influx of irregular immigrants with the help of border corps officers deployed to man some of the illegal routes.”
“The establishment of the two hinterland checkpoints at Charanchi and Kankara highways in the state also helped in this regard,” Ajisafe said.
He also added within the period, the command has denied 1,203 foreigners access into the country for lack of travel documents, while 411 Nigerians were refused departure for not having valid travel documents.
The NIS Command in the State has recorded arrivals of 176,724 valid travel documents holders and the departure of 49,780 others.