Ohaneze Youths Council has raised an alarm over what it called “influx of illegal immigrants in the South East zone” and called on the relevant security agencies to be alert to their responsibilities by check-mating the trend.
The group stated, “We notice with regrets the influx of suspected illegal immigrants into the South-East zone and we are worried based on the security situation in the country.
In a statement by the publicity secretary of the group, Mazi Obinna Adibe, “We are calling on relevant agencies, especially Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to live up to their responsibilities and embark on massive screening of these immigrants in the zone, to know the ones who entered the country legally and illegally.
“The illegal immigrants should be fished out and deported to their country. This is necessary because of the worrisome security situation in the country. A stitch in time saves nine”, the statement said.
The group said it noticed with concern the influx of the suspected illegal immigrants, mostly from Chad and Niger into the South-East, especially in Enugu and Ebonyi States.
OYC observed that these immigrants dominate the population of tricycle (keke) drivers, labourers and artisans in the South-East, and roam about unhindered with nobody questioning how they managed to enter the country.
The group however commended the people of Ugwogo Nike in Enugu State who noticed the presence of these immigrants in their neighbourhood, masquerading as herdsmen and drove them away without hesitation.
It urged other communities in Igboland to emulate the people of Ugwogo Nike by reporting any suspicious movement around them to the relevant security agencies.