The Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has tasked the Nigeria Immigration Service and other Military and Para-Military formations to take a deeper look at the activities of illegal immigrants whose activities have become inimical to the state and her people.

Governor Ikpeazu made the call when he received in audience a delegation of the Deputy Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service Anthonia Opara in his office at Government House Umuahia.

He noted that these illegal immigrants especially from Chad and Niger Republic
have continued to perpetrate criminal activities along the Lokpanta and Isuikwuato axis.

According to the Governor, he has received credible intelligence on the criminal activities of the gang and will share these intelligence with the Nigeria Immigration Service Command in Abia State, since a good number of these criminals are not Nigerians.

Governor Ikpeazu noted that the victims of the criminal activities of these people include students and lecturers.

He assured that Government will continue to support the Nigeria Immigration Service in the state to continue to carry out its mandate.

He congratulated Mrs Anthonia Opara, a former Comptroller of Immigrations in Abia State on her elevation to the position of Deputy Comptroller General of Immigrations and appreciated the Acting Comptroller General and the Minister of Interior for restoring the Abia Command of Immigration Service after the command was attacked and vandalized by some “Unknown Gun men”.

Earlier in an address, the Deputy Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, in charge of Migration at the Headquarters of the Service, Mrs Anthonia Opara thanked the Governor for his immense support to the Abia Command of Immigration Service as demonstrated in the rehabilitation, by the State Government, of the State Command of the Service and reassured him of the continued partnership of the Nigeria Immigration Service with the State Government.

She appealed to the Governor to assist them in providing operational vehicles to enable them carry out their operations effectively in the state.

The State Comptroller of Immigration, Abia State Command, Mr Samuel Offiong was part of the delegation while the Secretary to Government, Barrister Chris Ezem, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Professor ACB Agbazuere were among other top government functionaries who were present during the visit.

Sir Onyebuchi Ememanka
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.
21st September 2021.

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