Despite the repatriation of about 200 Togolese migrants by the Nigerian Immigration Service, some foreign nationals from West Africa are still entering Nigeria through illegal routes at the border with Benin Republic, according to Daily Trust findings.
Activities in Badagry, a town near the Seme border, revealed that apart from smuggling in contraband goods, nationals of Benin Republic and their Togolese counterparts that does not possess valid travel document usually find their ways to Badagry through bush paths from where they move deeply into Lagos.
A resident of Badagry, Mr. Adesanya Ajibade, told Daily Trust that human trafficking is rampant in the town, in addition to smuggling of contraband goods.
“It is a regular thing here, some people are into the business of bringing in nationals of Benin and Togo. They use Badagry as their base,” he said.
According to him, smuggling and human trafficking are popular activities in Badagry.
A Badagry-based journalist corroborated Ajibade’s views, saying the activities take place not only in Badagry but also Idi-Iroko in Ogun State.
It would be recalled that about 200 Togolese nationals that entered Nigeria a few months ago and sought political asylum following their expulsion from Benin Republic, also came in through such paths.
The Togolese asylum seekers were kept at Igando and Agbowa Relief Camp owned and controlled by Lagos State government until Nigerian Immigration Service officials came last week and repatriated them to their country.