NIS repatriates 17 illegal immigrants from Nasarawa State

  • As Former Trump Adviser Slams Surveillance Following Reports of Warrant Probing Russian Ties

The Nasarawa State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) says it has repatriated 17 illegal immigrants arrested in the state.

Mr Jacob Agada, the State Comptroller of the service, told newsmen on Wednesday in Lafia that the illegal immigrants were arrested by the Police in 2016 and handed over to the NIS for investigation.

Agada said that investigations revealed that all the immigrants were from Niger Republic and had no documents.

“We had to repatriate them to Niger through the Gamboro-Ngala border in Borno.

“We are hopeful that the biometric e-passport programme will go a long way to check the rising cases of illegal migrants in the country,’’ he said.

Agada assured that the service was committed to ensuring adequate documentation of foreigners living in the state, and called for support from all stakeholders.

“Most of these illegal immigrants are often responsible for most heinous crimes in the state.

“It therefore behoves all citizens to be vigilant and report strange faces in their communities to security agencies for proper investigation,’’ Agada said.

He appealed to the state government for assistance in the areas of mobility and other logistics that would facilitate their assignment.

According to him, lack of operational vehicles and motorcycles has greatly hampered the service’s smooth operation in the state, calling on the authorities for quick intervention.

In the meantime, a one-time foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign lashed out at the “Clinton/Obama regime” after a report published Tuesday said he was the subject of a secret surveillance warrant seeking information about his possible collaboration with Russians to manipulate the 2016 election.

Carter Page told NBC News late Tuesday that he felt he was being targeted because of his support for the Republican presidential candidate and now president.

Page, an energy industry consultant, told NBC News he was “happy” that a story by the Washington Post “confirmed” the investigation into his possible collusion with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government.

“There had been prior reports, but I was so happy to hear that further confirmation is now being revealed. It shows how low the Clinton/Obama regime went to destroy our democracy and suppress dissidents who did not fully support their failed foreign policy,” Page said.

The one-time junior foreign policy adviser said he looked forward to further revelations about the court order that the FBI obtained from the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court.

Page predicted that those revelations could unveil what he called the “Dodgy Dossier — a document that clearly is false evidence, which could represent yet another potential crime.”

The backlash from Page came after the Post reported earlier Tuesday that the FISA court had issued a warrant, allowing the FBI to monitor possible communications between Russian agents and the one-time Trump campaign adviser.

Federal investigators were able to persuade a FISA judge that there was probable cause to believe that Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, Russia, according to law enforcement and U.S. officials cited by the Post.

The revelation provided the most detailed evidence of the FBI’s suspicion that the Trump campaign may have been working with Russian agents during the 2016 presidential campaign.

NBC News was unable to independently corroborate the Post’s report and has not seen the documents that the FBI reportedly used to obtain the court order. The newspaper provided no details about what information federal investigators may have obtained as a result of the warrant.

Page has also never been charged with any crime as a result of the investigation.

NAN with additional report from NBC