Police personnel led by the regional operations officer East, Assistant Superintendent Daniel Gbogro, have apprehended and charged to court four Nigerians who were later granted bail by a Magistrate in Kenema.
The four are Muekara Peters, Thangod Nwinee, Francis Beemua and Joseph Nwinee.
According to woman police constable 9592 Kadie Turay of the police media unit, the four came on a visit to Sierra Leone since 29th January 2007 and were supposed to have left by now.
The police received a tip off that some Nigerians were hibernating in a certain location in the city and were suspected of being engaged in clandestine activities.
The police then went to Koyagbema layout, an outskirt of the city on the Bo- Kenema highway, and conducted some search.
During the course of the search the four Nigerians with their passports were found at the said premises belonging to one madam Hawa Morboton Sesay.
The landlady with the four Nigerians was all brought to the police station.
However, nothing relating to the allegation was found in the said premises. The illegal immigrants were all charged for overstaying in the country, contrary to section 36 no. 14 of the Sierra Leone Registration and Offences Act of 1965 while the landlady, Hawa Morboton Sesay who harboured them, was charged with the offence of harboring.
All of them were granted bail and are expected to appear before Magistrate Tonia Mbawa next week.
The regional immigration officer, Dominic Usman, expressed satisfaction over the arrest and disclosed that the regional office was planning to undertake a robust operation to track down illegal immigrants.