14 Togolese, others arrested at Ogun border, tested for coronavirus

Muhammed Babandede CG Nigeria Immigration Service

Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has arrested 14 Togolese and 10 Nigerians at Ajilete and Ilase border posts in the state.

NIS spokesman, Sunday James, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

The Comptroller, Ogun State Command, Kunle Osisanya, was quoted in the statement saying the arrests were made by NIS operatives in line with Federal Government directives.

According to Mr Osisanya, the 14 Togolese, comprising eight female adults and six minors, were arrested in a J5 bus at Ajilete in Ogun.

“The other 10 were arrested at Ilase, also in Ogun State, and out of the 10, five were victims of human trafficking.

“Hence, they will be handed over to NAPTIP for defying the directive of government on closure of land borders,” he said.

Osisanya said the arrested persons had been profiled accordingly by health officials in line with NCDC medical procedures and subjected to COVID-19 test.

He added that the NIS Comptroller General, Muhammad Babandede, complimented the officers for being “gallant and professional”.

He commended the efforts of the officers, noting that, some of the arrests were made along illegal points created by human smugglers.