No less than 300 out of the 500 immigrants arrested by men of the Nigeria Immigration Service in Niger state have been declared illegal immigrants and would be deported from the country.
The remaining 200 immigrants are still being screened to certify the authenticity of the documents with which then gained entry into the country.
In a raid on the locations of the illegal immigrants in Minna, Bida, Kontagora, Suleja and Paiko towns, the officials of the immigration service also discovered that those apprehended were not gainfully employed in any trade or business in the communities in which they were staying.
Majority of them were from Niger republic and were involved in selling of water in jerry cans. They are popularly called ‘mairuwa ‘in the northern part of the country.
The Comptroller of Immigration in the state, Mr David Adi, who paraded the illegal immigrants before newsmen in Minna at the weekend, explained that since those arrested were not gainfully employed they could become ‘security risks’ to their host communities.