From Uche Uche, Damaturu
Yobe state government has, on the 20th of February, 2081, repatriated 33 out of the 182 persons, all males, who returned to Nigeria from Libya, who earlier claimed to be indigenes of Yobe indigenes, to the republic of Nigeria after close scrutiny.
The state commissioner for justice and attorney-general of the state, Barrister Ahmed Mustapha Gonori, disclosed this in an interview with journalist in Damaturu, the state capital on the occasion of selective returning of the returnees to their various local government of origin in the state.
He told journalist that these returnees earlier presented themselves as indigenes of Nigeria and from Yobe state, but when they were finally brought to Yobe state, and after thorough scrutiny, were found to be foreigners from Niger republic and so, the government took it upon itself, to send them back to their country of origin.
From the list presented to journalist by the state emergency management agency, Yusufari local government has the highest deportees of 136, followed by Yunusari L.G with 21 deportees. Karasuwa has 15, Bade LG has 2, Bursari and Karasuwa LGs has 1 each, while Nguru LG has 6 deportees, while one of them was from Borno state.
This is the second batch of deportees from Yobe state with the first batch of 29 already re-united with their families in their different local governments in the state.
While handing over the returnees to the chairmen and representatives of their local governments, the commissioner of justice directed them to strictly monitor the movements and activities of the returnees and report any findings to the state government.
Since many of them were discovered, according to the commissioner of justice, to be doing legitimate businesses in Lybia before their deportation, he urged the local government chairmen to find ways of not only re-uniting them with their families, but also seek ways to engage them in legitimate jobs of their know how to prevent them from wanting to go back to where their lives would be endangered again.
The commissioner commended the state governor, Alh. Ibrahim Gaidam for prompt response and action, by providing the finance for logistics among others, to ensure that these deportees were brought back home.
While handing over the 33 deportees who are from Niger Republic to the state Comptroller of Immigration, A.A.Amadu, he urged him to ensure that the returnees are sent back to their country of origin, safely and according to the law, a directive the Comptroller submitted to carry out.