The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Akwa Ibom Command, on Sunday said that it had arrested 59 irregular migrants in the state.
The Comptroller of Immigration in the state, Mr Garba Abdullahi, revealed this in an interview with the newsmen Uyo.
Abdullahi said the migrants were intercepted by officers of the Police Command in Akwa Ibom and handed over to the NIS.
He revealed that the aliens were nationals of Burkina Faso, Benin Republic, Republic of Togo and Cote d’Ivoire.
He stated that they entered the country through the Lagos-Benin Republic border with the help of a Nigerian woman resident in Benin Republic, simply identified as Madam Theresa.
“Our investigation revealed that the woman collected huge sums of money to facilitate their movement to their destination, Gabon, via Oron in Akwa Ibom.
“Akwa Ibom is more of a transit point; the state has the longest coastline in West Africa and these people come in through unmanned jetties,” Abdullahi said.
He commended the police and other sister agencies for assisting the service in controlling the influx of unauthorised aliens in the state.
The comptroller also encouraged Akwa Ibom residents to always give to the command useful information concerning the movement of suspected foreigners in the state.
In 2014, more than 630 irregular immigrants were repatriated from the state.