FG strengthens border control to tackle insecurity, others

FG strengthens border control to tackle insecurity, others

By Yahaya Isah, Abuja.

 

The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to tackling the menace of insecurity, elicited by irregular migration and increasing transnational activities across Nigeria’s international borders.

 

A statement by Mr Afonja Ajibola, Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Interior, made this known on Wednesday in Abuja.

 

The statement said that the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore, disclosed this in Lagos, while delivering a speech at the 3rd International Security Management Course at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA).

 

Belgore said that the ministry, through the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), had evolved new ways to improve border control, border management, border monitoring and protection.

 

The permanent secretary added that such innovations would help confront the evolving challenges of the 21st Century, which had continued to pose threat to Nigeria’s internal security.

 

Belogore said: “The importance of border security cannot be over-emphasised, in view of the rate and significance of trans-national crimes. Indeed, this is of global significance, due to globalisation and increasing travel.

 

“Accordingly, there has been an increase in transnational crimes, from irregular migration to trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants, financial crimes, drug related offences and transportation of illegal weapons, among others.”

 

He blamed illicit movement of arms and persons as well as using borders as escape routes by criminal elements as reasons for heightened insecurity in the country.

 

The permanent secretary, however, assured Nigerians that recent innovations, which were currently undertaken, would help to checkmate crimes, in collaboration with Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

 

Belgore attributed the lingering border-induced criminalities to the situation where many African countries shared people with the same ancestry but separated into different countries.

 

He said that this development usually facilitated irregular migration by some elements, who hid under the guise, to export crimes.

 

The highlight of the event witnessed presentation of a plaque to Belgore as a Special Guest of Honour.

 

The course aims at exposing the participants to the scrutiny of the security challenges associated with cross-border mobility in Africa and within sub-region due to the ECOWAS Protocol.

 

The protocol confers certain rights on all citizens of ECOWAS member states, and also analyses the cultural and geographic landscape of international borders.

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