The Nigerian Times learnt that the deportees, numbering between 145 and 150, were loaded into two Marcopolo buses owned by the state government, as early as five o’clock this morning, for onward movement to the Katsina border where they would find their way to their respective countries.
Today’s development came against the backdrop of threats by leader of the Boko Haram, Mr Abubakar Shekau, to commence massive attack on refineries in Nigeria.
One of the country’s facilities, the Warri Refining and Petro-Chemical Company, Ekpan, is located in the oil-rich city.
Several of the persons who were arrested and initially taken to the Zonal Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), along Airport road in Effurun, it was gathered, were later subjected to screening and the Nigerians among them, mostly northerners, were allowed to go about their business.
All the undocumented foreigners who were initially detained by the immigration officers were said to have come from Chad, Niger and Mali.
“They were deported this morning after they were screened. They are now being moved to their Katsina border with Niger Republic,” said an immigration officer who declined to be named.
He disclosed that the deportees were escorted with security personnel from the major agencies in Nigeria to avoid a security breach.
The Nigeria Immigration Service, the Police, the army, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, had in a joint operation, rounded up the illegal visitors around Igbudu market, at Hausa Quarters and the popular Warri garage, yesterday.
Apart from the fear of Boko Haram, there had been serious apprehension in Delta State over the activities of persons suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, who had attacked farmers, commuters and even the police in the state, in some instances.
The Nigerian Times