The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Edo State Chapter, on Tuesday said it had deported 450 illegal immigrants from the state in the last six months.
NIS Comptroller in the state, David Adi, revealed this at a presentation of a renovated Hilux van by the Management of Okomu Oil Palm firms to the command, in Benin.
He said those deported were mostly from the Republic of Niger, Mali and Ghana, saying they were “irregular immigrants’’ and threat to the nation security.
He added that the immigrants had no consistent travel papers and trustworthy means of living.
Mr Adi applauded Okomu Oil Palm firms for the van, adding that their kind gesture would help the command in attaining its constitutional responsibilities.
“We appreciate the long-standing relationship between the company and the command.
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“I will definitely pass on this gesture to the Comptroller-General of Immigration Service and I hope other stakeholders will emulate this good gesture, ’’ he said.
Earlier, Managing Director, Okomu Oil Palm Firm, Dr Graham Heifer, explained that the gesture was part of the company’s public obligation.
“Immigration service has always assisted us in the area of educating our expatriates to ensure that they do the right thing with regard to immigration laws,’’ Heifer said, adding that the company has staff from countries such as South Africa, Kenya and America.
“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.
“Our company hopes that this refurbished van will improve the service’s operational efficiency”.