THE Nigeria Immigration Service in Akwa Ibom State has apprehended 303 suspected irregular migrants in the Uyo metropolis during its mop up exercise conducted in the state.
The comptroller of Immigration Service in Akwa Ibom Command, Francisca Dakat, who disclosed this while briefing newsmen after the mop up exercise in Uyo on Saturday, said that out of the 303 apprehended, 285 were adult while 18 were minors.
She explained that the mop up exercise was in line with the service directives that non-Nigerians should not partake in the forthcoming general elections, adding that the command had earlier carried out a sensitisation workshop for all non-Nigerians resident in the state.
Dakat said, “The mop up exercise which took place in Uyo metropolis will be a continuous exercise and will be extended to all the 31 Local Government Areas of the state.
A total of 303 suspected irregular migrants were apprehended at different locations in the state capital.
“The 303 suspected irregular migrants were profiled and 203 were confirmed Nigeriens while 100 were Nigeriens who have since been handed to their community leaders”.
Dakat urged non nationals who are resident in the state and those who visited for business or leisure purposes to ensure that they have valid travel documents to prevent be running foul of immigration extant laws.
She also warned them against participating directly or indirectly in the forthcoming general elections, stressing that culprits will be punished accordingly.
She commended the state government and other security agencies for their support to ensure success of the mop up exercise.