No fewer than 44 immigrants living in Nasarawa State without valid documents have been repatriated by the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS.
Comptroller of NIS in the state, Mr. Aliyu Malik, made this known to journalists in Lafia on Friday.
He stated that the repatriation resulted from an operation in which 59 immigrants were arrested.
According to him, after proper checks, only 15 of those arrested were discovered to have valid documents.
The remaining 44 were therefore repatriated.
He said most of those sent away were from Niger Republic.
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“The arrest and repatriation of these immigrants is based on a directive from our hardworking Comptroller General, Muhammed Babandede, to checkmate activities of immigrants in the state.
“This is with a view to ensuring that their documents are up to date and they do not play any role in the forthcoming general elections in the state and country at large.
“Nigeriens that have valid documents are free to continue with their legitimate activities,’’ he said.
He however warned that any foreigner found voting on election days in any part of the state would be arrested and prosecuted.