Immigration Heightens Border Check To Improve Security

Channels Television  
Updated October 31, 2014
Officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service on parade
Officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service on parade

The Nigerian Immigration Service says it has set up a border patrol unit and it is set to run a well structured strategy that will ensure heightened security in borders across the country.

Speaking on the internal security and needed efforts to curb the attacks in Nigeria’s north-east that have continued even after a ceasefire agreement, the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr David Parradang, told reporters on Friday that adequate border security would result in less challenges internally especially now that schools have resumed.

Despite a ceasefire agreement with the Boko Haram sect announced  by the Federal Government on October 17, the members of the terrorist group have continued to attack towns in Borno State.

The porous nature of Nigeria’s border has contributed to the influx of insurgents terrorising the north-east. There have been calls for the government to increase border security in order to check their activities.

The immigration service strategy is expected to reduce the free entrance of illegal immigrants into Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the President of the Immigration Officers Wives Association, Mrs Anne Parradang, said a lot more still needed to be done to ensure that children are safe at schools and not at risk of kidnapping or other such crimes.

Some 200 girls were on April 14 abducted by members of the Boko Haram sect from their school’s dormitory in Chibok in Borno State. Since their abduction just a few of them were released while some escaped from the terrorists.

The insecurity had discouraged some parents in the north-east from allowing their kids to go to school, a situation that Mrs Parradang emphasised would reverse when adequate security is in place.