SHILLONG: Twenty-two African nationals, mostly Nigerians, have been arrested in Meghalaya in the last month for illegally sneaking into the country from Bangladesh.
In the latest arrest, five Nigerian nationals – two in East Jaintia Hills district and three in West Jaintia Hills district were nabbed since October 9.
These African nationals, mostly Nigerians, enter India illegally after spending their days in Bangladesh.
Authorities in India suspect that these persons are helped by locals on either side of the international border.
Mostly, these intruders enter India from Bangladesh through the Tripura sector.
But for the first time on October 10, three Nigerian nationals were arrested from Pdengshakap area, about 10 km from Amlarem in West Jaintia Hills.
They had sneaked into West Jaintia Hills through the State’s border with Bangladesh.
They were identified as Chukwuma Celestine Okwuwa (34), Lucky Osas Enebi (36), and Ndubuisi Moses Chime (28).
West Jaintia Hills police said that these three Nigerian nationals were guided by one Bangladeshi national to one riverside and from there they entered into India through a swampy area.
Later, four local people from Syndai Kmaishnong village assisted the foreign nationals to cross the border. They were identified as Ronaldo Syndai (21), Ni Pohleng (20), Kliar Mon Pohthmi (18) and Rihok Chyrmang (28). All the four have also been arrested. A black Chevrolet Spark (ML05-G-4952) used by these local persons to ferry the Nigerian nationals was also seized.
On October 9 in East Jaintia Hills, at around 11.15 pm, the Ratacherra Check Post staff while conducting routine anti-infiltration checking, detected two suspected Nigerian nationals who were travelling in a night super bus (ML05-M-1899) from Agartala to Guwahati.
Later they were detained for interrogation, after which they were arrested. They have been identified as Victor Ojichukwu Ugo Okeke (30) and Ifechkwu Emmanuel (34) both from Anambra state in Nigeria.