The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede‎. Twitter/@Nigimmigration

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) on Saturday said it has arrested 67 illegal migrants from the Republic of Niger.

This was disclosed in a statement released by the NIS spokesperson, Sunday James, in Abuja.

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He said the arrest took place after the foreiners were intercepted as they tried to enter the country via Niger state.

The arrest was effected by officers of the Special Border Corps of the NIS, under the contro of the comptroller of the service in the state, Mrs Hornby Onimin.

“This arrest came after the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr Muhammad Babandede, held a meeting with NIS zonal coordinators and comptrollers of state commands and other formations.

“At the meeting, Babandede challenged the officers to return to their base with a new vigour to ensure that non-Nigerians are not allowed to vote or be voted for in line with 1999 Constitution.

“He also directed them to evolve a community border patrol initiative, where community members are engaged in information gathering and sharing to the NIS border patrol operatives alongside community leaders.

“The directive has started yielding the desired results as shown by the apprehension of the 67 Nigeriens,’’ he said.