About 700 illegal migrants mainly from Nigeria, Mali, Togo, Senegal, Niger Republic, Guinea Conakry and other African countries have been repatriated from Gabon to Nigeria for not having valid traveling documents.
Taking delivery of the deportees at the Inland Waterways Jetty in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital, the state Comptroller of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Funke Adeuyi, disclosed that the deportees arrived the country on December 25 and have been under their custody.
Adeuyi maintained that, following the end, the next line of action is to ensure that the migrants are transported through Nigeria to the nearest land, leading to their countries of origin which has been taken care of.
According to her, their stay through the past days has incurred high cost in their feeding and welfare, with support from just few individuals.
Also speaking, the Consul General of Senegal, Babacar Mbodj, whose nationals have consistently fallen pry of deportation, assured of government’s response in putting an end to such ordeals.
He thanked the Nigerian government for its show of brotherhood to the deportees.
In August, about 500 illegal migrants was repatriated from the same set of countries for the same reason.